Hunt: OAP death 'devastating'

Jeremy Hunt said the death of a 100-year-old great-grandmother at Leicester Royal Infirmary was "absolutely devastating" and should not have happened. The hospital apologised for the "catastrophic error" after she died from dehydration.

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Hunt calls for 'totally different approach to patient safety'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has called for a new approach to patient safety in the NHS, suggesting that it could learn from the approach taken to accidents in the airline industry.

It follows the recent death from dehydration of a 100-year-year old woman as a result of a "catastrophic error" at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

ITV News correspondent Nina Nannar reports:

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Health Secretary wants NHS to be like airline industry

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's reaction to Lydia Spilner's case was a pretty human response to a very sad story.

But in his speech to the NHS Confederation he said there were 299 similar "catastrophic errors" every year; things like leaving foreign objects in a patient's body.

When I asked him what he meant by a "new attitude to safety" he said he would like the NHS to be more like the airline industry, where accidents are thoroughly investigated and treated as things that should never happen.

He also repeated his view that overcrowding in A&E departments is happening because many patients don't trust the out-of-hours service, but denied this was an attack on GPs.

He said he wanted GPs to arrange out-of-hours care for elderly patients with long-term conditions, such as dementia, and that he wants a strategy to be in place by next April to make sure that vulnerable older people are cared for in the community.

NHS boss: Demonisation of GPs is 'very bad'

Outgoing NHS boss Sir David Nicholson appears to have launched a veiled attack at Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt after he criticised the "demonisation" of GPs.

Mr Hunt has repeatedly said that changes to the GP contract in 2004 have contributed to the growing A&E crisis across England.

Sir David told the Health Service Journal: "I am a big fan of general practice and I think the way sometimes it is demonised is very bad, and very bad for patients."

He is retiring from his role as chief executive of NHS England in March next year.

Hunt: Dehydration death of 100-year-old is 'devastating'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has described the death of a 100-year-old woman at Leicester Royal Infirmary as "absolutely devastating" and said it should not have happened.

Lydia Spilner died of dehydration despite the repeated requests of her relatives to have an intravenous drip. The hospital has admitted 'catastrophic error' and apologised.

Mr Hunt added that he "never ceases to be horrified" by the stories of poor care in the NHS he reads about.

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Dignity 'stripped' from 100-year-old patient

Medical lawyer Robert Rose has condemned the hospital care that a 100-year-old woman received while at The Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Lydia Spilner was admitted in January last year with a suspected chest infection and dehydration.

After four weeks, her condition deteriorated, and she died.

Lawyers representing her family say her daughter pleaded for her mother to be put on a drip, but was repeatedly ignored.

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Family of 100-year-old claim hospital staff neglected her

The family of a 100-year-old woman who died from what has been described as a catastrophic error at a hospital in Leicester, say she was badly neglected by staff.

Lydia Spilner died from dehydration at the Leicester Royal Infirmary a month after she was admitted to hospital.

Her daughter Nora told our reporter Rajiv Popat that her mother should never have been treated the way she was and she deserved to die with dignity.

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